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High Hopes for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

High Hopes for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Diverse opinions, laws, and research, as well as the varying positions of politicians, physicians, advocates, activists, and governmental agencies, like a cloud of pot smoke in a college dorm room, have obscured what’s at the core of the medical marijuana issue, which is: Does marijuana ease the suffering of people with certain medical conditions? The problem is we don’t know for sure, and because of

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Should You Rent or Buy a Home in Pittsburgh?

Should You Rent or Buy a Home in Pittsburgh?

Owning a home has been an integral part of the American dream for decades, but one person’s dream can be another’s nightmare. If you are moving to the area, or simply looking for a place of your own, this question is probably preeminent in your mind: Should I rent or buy a home in Pittsburgh? Well, that depends. Each quarter, Florida Atlantic University publishes the

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Private Schools Near Pittsburgh

Private Schools Near Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is noted for its abundance of excellent colleges and universities.  In addition, the region is also fortunate to have a wealth of wonderful private schools for elementary and secondary education.  Following is a list outlining some of our area’s best private schools. Aquinas Academy Founded in 1996, Aquinas Academy, located in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, is a college-preparatory school for students in Pre-K

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Breast Cancer and Young Women–What You Need to Know

Breast Cancer and Young Women--What You Need to Know

In 2004, nearly a quarter million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Of them, approximately 15 percent were women of reproductive age. While the majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are older, the troubling part is that when younger women are diagnosed with the disease, it is usually found in a more advanced stage and the tumors are

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Credit unions or banks?

Credit unions or banks?

  What’s the Difference Between a Credit Union and a Bank – (and Where Should I Keep My Money)? Credit unions or banks? It’s not a case of “you say po-tay-to, I say po-tah-to.” They are not the same things just with different names. But what are those differences? Both credit unions and banks offer many of the same services and products, but their structures and

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App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

In spite of all the criticism lodged against cell phones for their addictive qualities and tendency to distract people from relating to each other, we must admit that smart phones and their handy apps help to make life more manageable, convenient, and, in some cases, economical.  Here are more than a dozen free apps that we find helpful and app-solutely essential for living in Pittsburgh.

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Dad – The “Real” Indispensable Man

Dad - The "Real" Indispensable Man

It always pierced like a knife to the heart. When my children were young, I taught third grade religion class at my church. Each year, when I asked the students if they had any prayer requests, at least one or two children would respond:  Please pray that God will make my daddy visit me. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children — 1 out

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Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

There are two topics so controversial; it’s recommended that to avoid arguments you don’t bring them up in polite company. They are religion and politics. However, if you are in Pittsburgh, you may want to add a third subject to that list: pigeons. People in Pittsburgh either love or hate pigeons. Unlike their gray feathers, there is no gray area when it comes to these

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Losing Weight Pittsburgh-Style

Losing Weight Pittsburgh-Style

Health and fitness experts agree that the key to losing weight is eating fewer calories than you burn. They also say that in order to burn more calories, people need to get up, get out, and start moving. When people participate in an exercise they enjoy, they are more inclined to stick with that activity. Pittsburgh has some fitness opportunities that you may never have

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Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the ‘Burgh

Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the 'Burgh

You’ve got to feel for the poor peregrine falcons in Pittsburgh. They were all the sensation when they began nesting in Pittsburgh in 1991, but recently, they’ve been shunted from the limelight by the return of bald eagles to the Pittsburgh area.  The Audubon Society is excited to announce that, in addition to the Hays Bald Eagle Nest WebCam that’s been running the past few

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