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8:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Pittsburgh Region Gets High Marks in Quality of Life Survey

Local residents are generally happy to live in the Pittsburgh area, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the University of Pittsburgh and PittsburghTODAY. However, African-American are not so pleased.

Roughly 1,800 survey respondents in the 32-county Pittsburgh region ranked the local quality of life at 7.8 out of 10. The national average is 7.4 out of 10.

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Local
7:30 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Robert Morris University Receives Endowment For New Research Center

The Heinz Endowments has awarded Robert Morris University a $900,000 grant to help fund a new research center to study the factors that set successful African-American men apart from their counterparts who choose not to pursue degrees in higher education.

Rex Crawley, Assistant Dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems, said the inspiration for this new research started with previous studies done by Dr. Shaun Harper at Penn State University.

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Government
7:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

ACLU Requesting Information On Automatic License Plate Readers

15 police departments, including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and the state police have received requests from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) for information regarding how police use automatic license plate readers (ALPR) to track and record the movements of drivers. ACLU affiliates in 34 other states have also requested information as part of a coordinated, nationwide effort.

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Local
7:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Governments Invest $1 Million into City-County Building Repairs

Pittsburgh City Council is waiving its normal rules to speed up a bill that would pay a contractor for its ongoing work to repair the exterior of the City-County Building.

Councilman Bruce Kraus said the $500,000 pledge from the city government will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Allegheny County, which also operates in the structure at 414 Grant Street.

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Local
5:31 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

USS Requin Opening Sealed Hulls

Visitors to the Carnegie Science Center's USS Requin during the next four weeks will be able to view parts of the submarine that have been sealed since it was decommissioned in 1968.

The Cold War-era vessel has been at the Science Center since 1990 and is docked on the Ohio River behind the museum. The hatches to the outer hulls are being opened as a part of a conservational survey after being welded shut for nearly 45 years.

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Local
3:19 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Flight 93 Memorial To Add Educational Displays

Informational panels will be displayed at each of the three roadside pull-off areas at the Flight 93 National Memorial site within the next ten days.

Jeff Reinbold, memorial superintendent, says the 24-by-36 inch standing exhibit panels are a prelude to more changes to be made in the near future.

"This will kick off what will be a real focus on education over the next couple of years," Reinbold said. "We hope to break ground on the visitor's center complex in the spring of next year and have that completed hopefully by September of 2014."

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Local
7:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Testimony In Miles' Case Enters Third Week

A friend of Jordan Miles was called to the witness stand today in U.S. District Court as the third week of testimony began in Miles' civil suit against three Pittsburgh Police officers.

Ryan Allen testified today that he does not remember Miles telling him he had a bottle of Mountain Dew in his coat pocket the night Miles was stopped and beaten by the three plain clothes officers.

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Transportation
7:30 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Advice For Next Closure of Inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel

The first of eight possible weekends of Squirrel Hill Tunnel closures took place this weekend, and the detour route was backed up about an hour. The shutdown of the westbound tunnel is a part of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) $49.5 million rehabilitation project through August.

Even though the detour routing was not smooth, the progress accomplished within the tunnel was. PennDOT spokeman Jim Struzzi said most of the construction goals PennDOT had for the weekend were completed.

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Government
7:23 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Testimony: Staffers Handled Orie Melvin's 2003 Campaign

In the corruption trial of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, the defendant's former judicial staffers testified on Monday that they worked on her political campaigns while on the state's clock.

Two of Melvin's former law clerks testified that they helped Melvin run her unsuccessful campaign for the state Supreme Court in 2003.

Law clerk Molly Creenan and chief law clerk Lisa Sasinoski said they wrote material for speeches and campaign stops. Sasinoski said she also handed out pro-Melvin cards at a Penn Hills polling place on election day in 2003.

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Science & Technology
4:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Buhl Planetarium Offers Programs on Newest Mars Rover

NASA's newest and most advanced rover, Curiosity, is due to land on the surface of Mars at about 1:00 AM Monday, August 6th. The Carnegie Science Center and Buhl Planetarium is marking the occasion with mid-day, hour-long programs on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday featuring NASA news briefings, animated videos and Q&A sessions with Planetarium staff.

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Health
4:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Researchers, Speech-Disabled Discuss Maximizing Communication Potential

More than 1,800 people from all 50 states and nearly 40 countries are in Pittsburgh discussing ways to enhance communication for individuals with severe speech problems.

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Arts
3:40 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Hostel Coming to South Side

Supporters of hostels are trying again to make a go of it in Pittsburgh.

Hostels may be similar to hotels in spelling and general concept, but that's about it. Hostels are significantly lower in cost and luxury, usually being like dormitories and appealing to young travelers or backpackers who seek a more personal stay.

The most recent hostel in Pittsburgh closed in 2005 due to low occupancy rates, but the concept is returning to the area in the space above the Beehive at 13th and East Carson Street on the South Side.

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Science & Technology
12:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

In Northeast Pennsylvania, Methane Migration Means Flammable Puddles And 30-Foot Geysers

Last Sep­tem­ber, Chesa­peake Energy CEO Aubrey McClen­don declared to a Philadel­phia energy con­fer­ence that the prob­lem of methane migrat­ing through the ground near nat­ural gas drilling sites had been fixed. "Prob­lem iden­ti­fied. Prob­lem solved," he told an industry-heavy crowd at the Philadel­phia Con­ven­tion Center.

Nearly a year later, Brad­ford County res­i­dent Michael Leighton is wor­ried about the flam­ma­ble gas seep­ing into his woods.

Arts
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

"Golden Dragon" Will Be A Production Marvel

With an interesting plot and unconventional performance, "The Golden Dragon" will keep audience members engaged, to say the least. Presented by the Quantum Theater, the production will open on August 3 on Carnegie Lake in Highland Park.

The stories of the kitchen staff at an Asian cuisine restaurant and tenants from the apartment above intertwine and are acted out on a raft-like stage on the water.

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Government
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Report: Pennsylvania Voting Systems Could Be Improved

A new report [PDF] delves into the verity and safeguards surrounding the country's electronic voting systems. Three non-partisan organizations — Common Cause, the Verified Voting Foundation, and researchers at Rutgers University — created the study, which measures each state's ability to audit and verify voting records.

The report asked five questions in its assessment of the states:

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Government
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Cash Benefits Ending For 61,000 Pennsylvanians

In an attempt to cut state costs, the Department of Public Welfare's (DPW) General Assistance program that provides cash assistance to 61,000 people in the commonwealth will expire August 1st. This will save the commonwealth about $319 million annually and was included in the $27.7 billion budget signed by Governor Tom Corbett June 30.

The DPW receives the largest share of the state budge. A spokeswoman said about 40¢ of every state tax dollar goes to the department.

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Local
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

New Certificate Program Will Be Offered At CCAC This Fall

Jobs in the Marcellus Shale industry are not limited to drilling only. The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has developed a Land Administration certificate program for this fall in cooperation with EQT Corporation. It will be open to any student with an Associate degree and a specific interest in the region's growing natural gas and oil industry.

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Health
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Local Doctor Attempting to Increase Clinical Trial Enrollment

Dr. Peter Shaw, Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (AYA) Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said that cancer patients 15-40 years old have had inferior survival rates over the past three decades.

"One of the reasons [for that] is the young adult populations and adolescents are less likely to be in clinical trials than pediatric patients and also older adult patients," Shaw said.

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Government
6:52 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Will Poll Workers Be Ready To Enforce Voter ID?

A state employee and a county elections director are at odds over the ease with which the state's new Voter ID law can be enforced at the polls in November. The two testified in Commonwealth Court today at the hearing on a suit looking to block the law.

Department of State employee Shannon Royer said all poll workers will receive information in the mail on the new photo identification requirement at the polls. He said the state expects those workers on the front lines during elections will also receive training from the counties.

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Local
5:43 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Hill District Education Council Demands Action on Schools

The Hill District Education Council (HDEC) has presented a list of demands to the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the district's Board of Education to address concerns about continuing low student achievement, high teacher turnover, and insensitive staff.

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Local
4:28 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Irish Group Hopes Pittsburgh Visit Will Help With Solving Conflict

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh next week will welcome 160 Irish youth and leaders to take part in the POINTER Program, a police, youth, and community engagement project. The trip is part of an effort to mend relations between the public and law enforcement officials in Northern Ireland after decades of conflict.

James Lamb, president of the institute, said for many years several communities throughout Ireland saw the police as the enemy.

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Will Poll Workers Be Ready To Enforce Voter ID?

A state employee and a county elections director are at odds over the ease with which the state's new Voter ID law can be enforced at the polls in November. The two testified in Commonwealth Court today at the hearing on a suit looking to block the law.

Department of State employee Shannon Royer said all poll workers will receive information in the mail on the new photo identification requirement at the polls. He said the state expects those workers on the front lines during elections will also receive training from the counties.

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Government
12:39 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Wagner: Penn State Should Be Subject To Open Records Law

The state auditor general is prescribing specific changes in governance at Penn State including increased mandatory transparency

A-G Jack Wagner says all universities that receive hefty funding from the commonwealth, like Penn State, should be subject to information requests under the state's open records law. He said the school is exempt, at least in part, because of the push made by former
P-S-U president Graham Spanier.

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Local
8:52 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

USS Somerset to be Christened Saturday – Begin a Year of Testing

This weekend, the future USS Somerset will be officially christened in New Orleans in one of the last public ceremonies for the ship. It's one of three vessels that honor the sites of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The USS Somerset will join the USS New York and the USS Arlington. But the one named for the Pennsylvania County arguably has the most unique story to tell. It's not only named after the place – but includes many other connections.

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Local
8:22 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Police Officer's Testimony Differs Vastly from Jordan Miles' Testimony in his Civil Case

The defense of three Pittsburgh police officers accused in Jordan Miles' civil trial began today.

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