Bars We Like

Bars We Like

If you Google fictional bars, a long list of watering holes comes up, ranging from The Sopranos’ The Bada Bing, Harry Potter’s The Hog’s Head, Archie Bunker’s Kelsey’s to the iconic television show set in a bar, Cheers. Whether we like to admit it or not, bars, taverns, pubs, biergartens and whatever else you choose to call them, play an important part in most of

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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, he was

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It’s a Pittsburgh Wedding!

It’s a Pittsburgh Wedding!

You get married in Vegas, you may expect a kitschy, glitzy type of wedding. You get married in New Orleans, you may expect to strut down Bourbon Street behind a Dixieland Band. You get married in Hawaii, you may expect leis and to be serenaded with “The Hawaiian Wedding Song.” You get married in Pittsburgh? Well, if you want a Pittsburgh-style wedding, you need to

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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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The Times They Are-A-Changing for Pittsburgh

The Times They Are-A-Changing for Pittsburgh

Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.                     John F. Kennedy Change is inevitable.  Sometimes you have control over it, and sometimes you don’t.  But no matter whether or not you have control over your shifting circumstances, you do have control

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Meadowcroft Rockshelter: North America’s Oldest Site of Human Habitation

Meadowcroft Rockshelter: North America’s Oldest Site of Human Habitation

The story of how Meadowcroft was discovered is the stuff that makes for good folktales or points to the hand of Divine Providence. On November 12, 1955, Albert Miller, a farmer and history buff, was out hiking through his land, which included a high cliffside alcove shielded by a rock overhang somewhat like a stone awning. There he saw a groundhog dip into a hole.

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The Curse of the Kick: Murder and Misery in McKees Rocks

The Curse of the Kick: Murder and Misery in McKees Rocks

“Yes, definitely,” said Pittsburgh spiritual intuitive Jack Kaine, when he was asked whether he believed an incident at Indian Mound in McKees Rocks could have triggered events that made life miserable for a McKees Rocks man and his family. Jack’s specialty is detecting spiritual energy, whether it’s a positive force or not, and seeing to it that it goes on to its greatest good. Drawing

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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. There’s the Roman heads of state, Napoleon, and 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

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