Larkin Page-Jacobs http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Lands Highly Regarded Candidate for Planning Department http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-lands-highly-regarded-candidate-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 http://wesa.fm Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist http://wesa.fm/post/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 http://wesa.fm Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center? http://wesa.fm/post/where-are-heroes-save-pittsburghs-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 http://wesa.fm Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center? Fate of August Wilson Center An Open Question http://wesa.fm/post/fate-august-wilson-center-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 http://wesa.fm VA Honors Veteran Patients with 'National Salute' Events http://wesa.fm/post/va-honors-veteran-patients-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="http://www.pittsburgh.va.gov/university_drive.asp">University Drive campus</a> in Oakland and <a href="http://www.pittsburgh.va.gov/HJ_Heinz.asp">H.J. Heinz campus</a> in O'Hara Township.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24009 at http://wesa.fm Think Tank Points to Link Between Climate Change and National Security http://wesa.fm/post/think-tank-points-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 http://wesa.fm Virtual High School: Deep Freeze Didn't Stop Students from Attending Class http://wesa.fm/post/virtual-high-school-deep-freeze-didnt-stop-students-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 http://wesa.fm Food Pantries Get Attention During the Holidays, But Need is Year-Round http://wesa.fm/post/food-pantries-get-attention-during-holidays-need-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 http://wesa.fm A Snapshot of the Pittsburgh Region at Year's End http://wesa.fm/post/snapshot-pittsburgh-region-years-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 http://wesa.fm Toys for Troops Helps Service Members and Vets Make Ends Meet http://wesa.fm/post/toys-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 http://wesa.fm From Homewood to Harrisburg, Childcare Providers Seek Resources http://wesa.fm/post/homewood-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 http://wesa.fm From Homewood to Harrisburg, Childcare Providers Seek Resources For Victims of Violence, Memorials Built to Last http://wesa.fm/post/victims-violence-memorials-built-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 http://wesa.fm For Victims of Violence, Memorials Built to Last Google Teaches Internet Safety to Pittsburgh Students http://wesa.fm/post/google-teaches-internet-safety-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 http://wesa.fm Speaking in Pittsburgh, Corbett Makes His Bid For Re-Election Official http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-pittsburgh-corbett-makes-his-bid-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 http://wesa.fm Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom http://wesa.fm/post/connecting-dots-between-play-and-learning-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 http://wesa.fm Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom US Senator Casey Weighs In on Syria Debate http://wesa.fm/post/us-sen-casey-weighs-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 http://wesa.fm UPMC to Spend $30 million on New Institute http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-spend-30-million-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="http://vmi.pitt.edu">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 http://wesa.fm After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans http://wesa.fm/post/after-20-years-waiting-winning-season-within-reach-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 http://wesa.fm After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans Rally Calls for Background Checks for Gun Purchasers http://wesa.fm/post/rally-calls-background-checks-gun-purchasers <p>The "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence"&nbsp; bus tour stopped in Pittsburgh Friday.</p><p>The event was meant to highlight the need for laws that mandate background checks for gun purchasers. The effort comes in the wake of legislation that failed to pass in Congress.</p><p>In the aftermath of the shooting rampage at Sandyhook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) pushed for a bipartisan proposal that would have extended background checks to cover private gun sales.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:11:36 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 14994 at http://wesa.fm Bald Eagles Could Be Removed from PA Threatened Species List http://wesa.fm/post/bald-eagles-could-be-removed-pa-threatened-species-list <p>Pennsylvania's bald eagle population could be taken of the state's threatened species list.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will consider a proposal to de-list the species at a meeting in September and make an official ruling at a later date.</p><p>Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau said the recommendation to move the eagle from the threatened to the protected list comes after the species met a list of criteria for five consecutive years. The criteria include:</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:54:06 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 14860 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Lawmakers Get Funds to Keep Base Open http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-lawmakers-get-funds-keep-base-open <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has granted $200,000 dollars toward the effort to keep state military bases open.</p><p>In Western Pennsylvania, those funds will help 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township make its case to the federal government. In recent years, the base has been on the list of the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure Commission.</p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 14621 at http://wesa.fm Democratic Congressional Delegation: Don't Mess With PA's Electoral College http://wesa.fm/post/democratic-congressional-delegation-dont-mess-pas-electoral-college <p>Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle wants it on record that he and the rest of his fellow Democrats in the Pennsylvania delegation are opposed to changing the Electoral College.</p><p>They have sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett warning him that passage of PA Senate Bill 538 would have consequences. The bill was introduced in February by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) and hasn't shown much movement since. But Doyle said that does not mean the bill is dead.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 13669 at http://wesa.fm Professor Helps Reveal J.K. Rowling http://wesa.fm/post/professor-helps-reveal-jk-rowling Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Earlier this week, it was revealed that crime novelist Robert Galbraith is in fact British author J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter books. But how was Rowling's secret uncovered? WESA's Larkin Page-Jacobs reports, British journalists turned to an obscure source to confirm Rowling's authorship.<p>LARKIN PAGE-JACOBS, BYLINE: Patrick Juola is an associate professor of computer science at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He also happens to be the inventor of a software program that analyzes documents. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 11:54:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 13466 at http://wesa.fm How Visible Does Pittsburgh's Mayor Need to Be? http://wesa.fm/post/how-visible-does-pittsburghs-mayor-need-be <p>On March 1, Luke Ravenstahl made the surprise announcement that he would not run for re-election as mayor of Pittsburgh.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:41:46 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 12448 at http://wesa.fm How Visible Does Pittsburgh's Mayor Need to Be? U.S. Senator Casey Urges Passage of River Act http://wesa.fm/post/us-senator-casey-urges-passage-river-act <p>Western Pennsylvania's canal system of locks and dams is an economic generator in the region and beyond, and on Friday, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) emphasized that it is a resource worth funding.</p><p>On the deck of a Gateway Clipper ship at Pittsburgh's Station Square, Casey congratulated river transportation officials for helping push for the River Act, which passed the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act. But he also reminded the crowd that there is still a ways to go.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:38:58 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 11878 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Senator Casey Urges Passage of River Act