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“Sharon Needles: How a Mid-Western Boy in a Dress Found a Home in Pittsburgh

“Sharon Needles: How a Mid-Western Boy in a Dress Found a Home in Pittsburgh

Caustic, vulgar, outrageous, funny, charming, honest, insightful, successful, tragic, Sharon Needles could be described by any of those terms, and she could also be called a Pittsburgher. Unless you are into the drag queen scene, you may not be aware of it, but Pittsburgh is home to one of the most famous drag queens in the world, Sharon Needles. For a person who admits that […]

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What the Heck are Constables and Does Pittsburgh Need Them?

What the Heck are Constables and Does Pittsburgh Need Them?

  You’ve probably heard the term constable before, but do you know exactly what a constable is and what one does? Unless, you’ve had a run in with the law, you may not. Constables Go Way Back Constables have been around for centuries, and the term “constable” comes from the Old French word conestable meaning “steward.” The first constables were established in France at the […]

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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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Pittsburgh Profiles: Mayor Sophie Masloff – Authentically Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh Profiles: Mayor Sophie Masloff - Authentically Pittsburgh 

Mayor Sophie Masloff: Authentically Pittsburgh An Unlikely Mayor Jewish, a septuagenarian, and a woman without a college education, Sophie Masloff was a mayor unlike any other Pittsburgh had ever seen before. While she may have been unlike any other mayor, she was quintessentially Pittsburgh. Her life embodied many of the things that define Pittsburgh and those who live here, making her one of the city’s […]

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A House Divided . . . Means Great Football

A House Divided . . . Means Great Football

Penn State and Pitt Renew Their Rivalry The last time Pitt and Penn State met on the gridiron, John Paul II was pope and Bill Clinton was president. During that meeting on September 16, 2000, the Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions 12-0. On September 10, this rivalry will be renewed after a 16-year hiatus, when the teams will clash at Heinz Field for the first […]

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Randyland

Randyland

Randyland: Pittsburgh’s Kooky, Colorful Art Museum The adage advises “Bloom where you are planted.” In the case of Randy Gilson, he not only bloomed but he also painted, created, and transformed a drab, depressing neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side in to a whimsical wonderland known as Randyland. A little over 30 years ago, Gilson, 59, rented an apartment in the Mexican War Streets on the […]

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Diana Napper’s Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

Diana Napper's Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

When Diana Napper makes a promise, she keeps it. In 1990, her best friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman lost her battle with breast cancer. Before Carol Jo succumbed to the disease, Diana promised her that she would pursue a lifelong dream of designing jewelry and opening a jewelry store, selling her designs that would fund a hospice in Carol Jo’s name. Diana honored that promise […]

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Q&A with The Glimmer of Hope Founder, Diana Napper

Q&A with The Glimmer of Hope Founder, Diana Napper

In 1994, Diana Napper founded The Glimmer of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer,. She began this foundation to honor a promise she made to her friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman before she lost her battle with breast cancer. Initially, Diana had designed a small piece of jewelry, a Swarovksi teardrop pin capped with a pearl to symbolize hope over […]

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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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Summer Recipes

Summer Recipes

Welcome to Popular Pittsburgh’s “Summer Recipes” Section! A perfect place to find that easy to follow recipe sure to put the Zing in your Spring. We will continue to add new delicious choices over time, so stop back often to see the latest!   Check out our latest recipes! Roasted Carrots I love recipes that have just a few ingredients, that take just a few steps, […]

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