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7:13 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Arlen Specter: A Timeline

Major events in the timeline of former Sen. Arlen Specter's career in politics:

— 1959: Hired as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.

— 1964: Serves on the Warren Commission, which concludes that a lone assassin killed President John F. Kennedy.

— 1965: Runs successfully on Republican ticket for Philadelphia district attorney, even though he was a Democrat.

— 1967: Loses election for Philadelphia mayor.

— 1969: Elected to second term as district attorney.

— 1973: Loses bid for third term as district attorney.

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Government
7:10 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Longtime Senator Arlen Specter Dies

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the outspoken Pennsylvania centrist whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations, died Sunday. He was 82.

Specter, who announced in late August that he was battling cancer, died at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, said his son Shanin. Over the years, Arlen Specter had fought two previous bouts with Hodgkin lymphoma, overcome a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest following bypass surgery.

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Government
9:35 am
Sun October 14, 2012

PA Sen. Draws Attention to Homeless Children

Noting that children who find them selves on the street some time during the shcool year are 60-percent more likely to drop out of school than the average student, State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Pittsburgh) introduced a resolution last week declaring the Week of October 14th Homeless Children’s Awareness Week in the commonwealth.

“in 2010 alone 1.6 million children experianced homelessness with more than 31,000 of those yopuths residing in Pennsylvania,” said Fontana.

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Transportation
8:21 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

IBM Wraps Up Pittsburgh Transit Consultation

IBM data experts made their final recommendations Friday after three weeks of studying Pittsburgh's transit systems and transit infrastructure. The city was one of 33 recipients of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, which allowed Pittsburgh City Planners to work with analysts to further the city's transportation initiatives.

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Arts
7:30 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Art of the World’s Fair Comes to Pittsburgh

 The Carnegie Museum of Art is opening a new exhibition this weekend highlighting the art of design that has been part of the World’s Fairs over the years.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fair, 1851-1939 includes more than 200 objects representing the advances in artistry exhibited during 88 years of the fair’s history.

Jason Busch, Chief Curator at the museum, said they want people to feel like their stepping back in time.

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Transportation
6:58 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Construction on Final Section of Great Allegheny Passage Officially Underway

The final mile of the Great Allegheny Passage is expected to be completed in April 2013.  When done, the 141-mile bicycle trail will connect Pittsburgh to Maryland. At that point, the trail, which connects to Washington D.C via the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, has a small gap between Pittsburgh and Duquesne. Officials say the trail is already a big draw, and this will only boost that.

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Science & Technology
6:56 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Building Life from Basic Blocks Focus of Weekend Event

Some of the best scientist on the Eastern Seaboard will gather in Pittsburgh this weekend to show off their efforts to build new synthetic organisms.  The “jamboree” is part of the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. 

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Economy
4:08 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

First Roughneck Fest Will Be Held This Sunday In Washington County

This Sunday, thousands of people of all ages and occupations are expected to gather at the Washington County Fairgrounds for the region's first Roughneck Fest celebrating Pennsylvania’s growing natural gas industry. Events including cook-offs, arm-wrestling, and a boxing match will help raise money for the PA Firefighter’s Athletic League.

While the festival was designed with the image of the Roughneck worker in mind, festival coordinator Pam Blaker said it will be a day for everyone to enjoy.

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Education
12:34 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Chatham University Breaks Ground on New Completely Self-Sustaining Campus in North Hills

Touting it as the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning, Chatham University started phase one of a years-long plan to build the Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township.

“This total first phase project is $40 million creating the first residential campus on the first completely green campus in America,” said Chatham President Esther Barazzone.

When completed, the Eden Hall Campus will serve more than 1,000 students in a carbon and water resources-neutral setting.

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Economy
8:31 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

New Loan Program To Spur Downtown Retail

Pittsburgh has space in historic downtown buildings, but not enough retail to fill it. A new loan program propelled by the city hopes to change that.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation today announced the launch of a new loan initiative that hopes to spur more retail ventures and further the economic growth of the Golden Triangle.

Ravenstahl said every great American city needs a strong urban core.

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Transportation
7:36 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Young Transplants and Boomerangers Keep Coming to Pittsburgh

A new report finds that young people are increasingly moving to Pittsburgh from cities such as Philadelphia, New York City and Washington D.C. 

The report, from PittsburghTODAY, examines the behaviors and attitudes of 400 + young residents living in the region.

Over the past five years, Pittsburgh has seen a seven percent influx of 20-34 year olds. That’s in contrast to years past when young people left Southwest Pennsylvania in droves.

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Government
7:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Rep. Treasurer Candidate Outlines Pension Solution

Republican candidate for State Treasurer Diana Irey Vaughan presented Thursday a three-step solution to take on what she said are dangerous problems in the state’s two pension plans.  The Washington County Commissioner criticized current State Treasurer Rob McCord’s handling of the state’s pension system over the last three and a half years while presenting her own plan to shore up the Service Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).

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Education
6:33 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

One Young World Summit Bringing Visitors from Around the Globe to Pittsburgh

“There will be nearly 1,500 delegates here in Pittsburgh that will represent 190 countries," said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl of the One Young World Summit coming to the city next week. Pittsburgh is the first U.S. city to host the event, which is the largest representation of countries outside the Olympics and the United Nations. The previous two were held in Zurich and London.

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Education
6:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Career Planning Key to High School Success

Eight southwestern Pennsylvania school districts have joined forces with the Pittsburgh-based Consortium for Public Education to launch a new effort aimed at personalizing middle and high school education.  The focal point is an on-line tool that helps students imagine their future and identify a career path.

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Environment
7:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Cleanup of Waterway at Flight 93 National Memorial Site gets $312K Financial Boost

Years before a plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, efforts were underway to clean up Lambert’s Run. Part of that stream runs through the Flight 93 Memorial site, which is a reclaimed strip mine.

“The area had been both strip mined and deep mined and when the plane crashed in September 2001, the current mining owners and state Department of Environmental Protection  (DEP) were working to clean up some of the mine drainage that was there,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of National Parks Service Western PA.

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Economy
6:55 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Finding Funding To Repair Crumbling Locks and Dams

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The Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference this Friday will address solutions to the region’s vital waterway infrastructure needs, with presentations from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, and the new SWPA Water Innovation Consortium, among others.  

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Health
5:14 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Nationwide Screenings for Depression on Thursday

Depression is more than just a bad mood.  It’s  the most common mental disorder that impacts more than 15 million Americans including 5% of the nation’s children and teens. October 11 is National Depression Screening Day and Dr. David Palmiter, President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), said this event is very important.

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Government
5:10 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Attorney General Campaign Ad Accused Of Making Inaccurate Statements

Dave Freed, the GOP candidate for state Attorney General, said any responsible prosecutor would commit to reviewing how the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office.

The case has become a political football, even as Sandusky headed to court to receive his sentence, but Freed, the Cumberland County District Attorney, said his answer has not changed regarding the Sandusky case.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

PHOTOS: Pittsburgh Zoo Continues Push to "Go Green"

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium houses more than 4,000 animals and hosts thousands of visitors each year. A lot of resources are needed to keep the animals fed and comfortable in their habitats, and to keep the grounds looking good – that takes a lot of energy and creates a lot of waste.

Zoo officials are trying to maintain the facility in the most environmentally-friendly way possible – a trend that’s spreading among zoos across the U.S.

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Economy
10:23 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Tom Corbett Receives High Marks In Fiscal Policy

The fiscally conservative Cato Institute today released its biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors and Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett received an “A."

According to the report, Corbett scored well because he has been a “frugal budgeter” who has reduced spending to a figure lower than when he entered office.

Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies for Cato, said he was impressed by Corbett’s steep reduction of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.

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Government
8:35 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Medicare Part D Beneficiaries Spend More on Medication Than They Should

A new analysis out of The University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health found Medicare Part D beneficiaries overpay for their drugs by hundreds of dollars.

Researchers found that only 5.2 percent of beneficiaries choose the cheapest plan and recipients on average pay $368 more than they would have if they had chosen the cheapest plan in their region.

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Education
6:15 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

United Way Wants You to be One in a Million

The United Way of Allegheny County is intensifying its search for individuals who can mentor the region’s youth by guiding them on anything from career advice to dealing with having a parent in prison.  The organization is in the second year of its three year commitment to the Be One in a Million Program. 

The nationwide program is looking to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors, and mentors to support youth from pre-school through college graduation. Locally, the United Way of Allegheny County has a goal of recruiting 4,000 volunteers. 

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Education
6:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Pittsburgh School Board Wants Proposals for Schenley School Redevelopment

Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) wants to make sure any future owner of the Schenley High School building in Oakland keeps the structure mostly intact rather than razing the historic building to make way for future development.

Working through Fourth River Development, the school board issued a request for proposals Monday, seeking at least $4 million in net profit for the structure.

Fourth River sales agent Pat Morosetti said he's hoping for some creative proposals as to a new usage for the school, which closed in 2008.

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Education
5:03 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

East Suburban YMCA Breaks Ground on Massive $11M Expansion

The YMCA in Plum broke ground today for an $11 million dollar expansion that when complete will create the new 52,000 square-foot Sampson Family Y. The new facility at the East Suburban YMCA will include a warm water therapy pool and indoor lap pool.

“Right now we teach 400 kids a year to swim with our outdoor complex, now we’ll be able to teach 2,000 kids a year to be able to be safe by water, to be able to teach families with the teaching kitchen how to prepare meals for their families on a tight schedule,” said Larry Stormer East Suburban YMCA executive director.

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Local
2:33 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Sandusky Gets At Least 30 Years

Updated: October 9, 2012 1:48pm

Jerry Sandusky, maintaining his innocence, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.

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