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Patrice Matamoros Keeps Pittsburgh in the Running

Patrice Matamoros Keeps Pittsburgh in the Running

Runners know all about pushing through the pain to achieve their dreams, but the true measure of champions is how they react when their dream is stripped from them. Such was the case with Patrice Matamoros. A champion high school runner in Montana, had hopes of competing in the Olympics, but a devastating injury she suffered while in college ended her running career. She could

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Lee Terbosic Interview

Lee Terbosic Interview

Recently, Popular Pittsburgh chatted with Lee Terbosic, a nationally touring magician and comedian. A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Terbosic, 34, will put the city in the spotlight November 6th, when he attempts “Houdini 100.” At noon, while dangling upside-down high above the corner of Liberty Avenue and Wood Street in a straitjacket, he will attempt to undo himself in a death-defying feat of magic that has

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Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch came to Pittsburgh as the Steelers’ seventh-round pick in the NFL’s 2011 draft out of Texas Tech University, where he was the school’s eighth-ranked, all-time rushing leader and where he led the team in rushing his senior year with 816 yards on 177 carries. In retrospect, it seems that football would turn out to be only a means for Batch to find his

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Pittsburgh Phil: The Greatest Plunger of Them All

Pittsburgh Phil: The Greatest Plunger of Them All

There is no such thing as luck. It’s a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton Pittsburgh’s past is replete with colorful characters, spectacular sportsmen, and stellar geniuses, but George E. Smith was all three. Smith, known as Pittsburgh Phil, was the greatest plunger of his time, possibly ever. No,

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All Hail Emperor Chaz! Coach Chuck Noll Built the Foundation for the Steelers Dynasty

All Hail Emperor Chaz!						Coach Chuck Noll Built the Foundation for the Steelers					Dynasty

Very few people throughout history have had the title “emperor” bestowed upon them—Augustus, Constantine, Napoleon—Chuck Noll. Although not a leader of a country, the late Steelers coach headed the Steelers nation and led his team to four Super Bowl victories, more than any other coach in NFL history. He held that title solely until 2015 when Patriots Coach Bill Belichick tied him with four championship

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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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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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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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Pittsburgh Profiles: Elsie Hillman – A Woman Unafraid of Going Into the Trenches

Pittsburgh Profiles: Elsie Hillman - A Woman Unafraid of Going Into the Trenches

Elsie Hillman-A Woman Unafraid of Going into the Trenches If Pittsburgh were to have a royal family, it would have to be the Hillmans. But unlike Queen Elizabeth, who is a benign figure head presiding over ribbon-cuttings, the late Elsie Hillman, the grande dame of Pittsburgh’s most prominent family, donned a headband instead of a crown and went into the trenches to make a difference

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Dr. Mary C. Burke Spearheading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Dr. Mary C. Burke Spearheading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Today, many people are aware of the scourge of human trafficking, but in 2003, that wasn’t the case. That year, Mary C. Burke, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Carlow University, watched a report of an undercover journalist as he was approached by children offering to have sex with him. This report shined a light on the despicable, shadowy world of human trafficking. The Program Director

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