PCTV: Pittsburgh’s Newly Renovated, High-Tech Soapbox

PCTV: Pittsburgh’s Newly Renovated, High-Tech Soapbox

We’ve all heard the saying “use it or lose it.” It’s most often applied to physical health and exercise, but that saying is also apt when it comes to a community’s health and the exercising of rights, particularly the right to free speech. Pittsburgh Community Television’s mission is to encourage the residents of the city of Pittsburgh and local nonprofit organizations to exercise their right

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Pittsburgh’s Employment Scene for Seniors

Pittsburgh's Employment Scene for Seniors

Whether by choice or from necessity, more seniors are working in their retirement years. According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 annual retirement survey, “54 percent of senior workers (age 60+) say they’ll work after retiring from their current career, up from 45 percent last year. Of this group, 81 percent say they’ll most likely work part-time, while 19 percent plan to continue working full-time. Customer service, retail

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Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Not long ago, the U.S. Census bureau released information indicating that Pennsylvania leads all states in the share of homeowners who have lived on their property for more than 30 years. A statistic even more revealing of Pennsylvanians’ propensity for sinking deep roots finds that 78 percent of the state’s residents were born here. In this category, we rank second to Louisiana. Having never been

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The New Ways to Work in Pittsburgh’s Shared Spaces

The New Ways to Work in Pittsburgh's Shared Spaces

The places where we work change with time. In centuries past, the workplace was primarily the home or farm. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, workers moved into factories, and as the shift moved to administration and service-based economies, much of the workforce flocked into office towers where mazes of cubicles flourished. Transitions such as these are often times subtle. Today, where we work

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Autumn: Pittsburgh’s Best Season?

Autumn: Pittsburgh’s Best Season?

Opinion When my son was a toddler, he used to watch Barney. While I found the purple dinosaur a bit annoying, each year when the days begin to grow shorter and the cicadas commence their symphony, ironically, I find myself singing a Barney song called “I Like Autumn.” That’s because I do like this season and, for a number of reasons, I think it is Pittsburgh’s

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Pittsburgh Steelwheelers Keep on Rolling

Pittsburgh Steelwheelers Keep on Rolling

Liz Dunn, 25, had always been an active person. “I snowboarded and played soccer,” said the Warren, Pennsylvania native, and she still is even though a car accident five years ago left her with a spinal cord injury. On September 12, Liz will compete in her first 5K race, the 15th Annual President’s Challenge Run/Walk/Wheel, hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (WPTLA). The

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Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Heritage

Pittsburgh's Whiskey Heritage

The people who settled Western Pennsylvania were a resourceful lot, making use of everything at their disposal and wasting nothing.  Those characteristics are still present in residents here today. The first settlers in this area faced a savage wilderness.  They were isolated; they warred with the native peoples they were displacing; and their lives depended upon scratching out an existence from the untamed land.  Most of

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The State of the State Stores: Our Crazy Liquor Laws

The State of the State Stores: Our Crazy Liquor Laws

In 2003, CBS News ran a segment on a California wine called Charles Shaw that was selling phenomenally well. The reason? Prior to the report, Charles Shaw’s Shiraz had beaten out 2,300 other wines to garner the gold medal at the Annual International Eastern Wine Competition. The wine was pretty tasty and cost a mere $1.99 a bottle. When CBS spotlighted the inexpensive wine, its

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Natural Gas: From Exploration to End Product

Natural Gas: From Exploration to End Product

What do transparent tape, fishing lures, surf boards, and antihistamines all have in common?  They are just some of the 6,000 or more products made from oil and natural gas.  When most people hear the words oil and natural gas, they think of the fuel that powers their car or keeps their home warm.  That’s a correct if limited idea.  Our modern life depends on

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Billy Gardell, Pittsburgh’s Funny Guy

Billy Gardell, Pittsburgh's Funny Guy

Marty Allen, Frank Gorshin, Dennis Miller: those are some of the funny guys the Pittsburgh area has produced over the years.  The latest one to cause belly laughs is Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell. Billy Gardell, the “Mike half” of the CBS smash sitcom Mike & Molly, which also costars actress Melissa McCarthy, was born in Pittsburgh on August 20, 1969. The Swissvale native moved to

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