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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 beginning

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The Duquesne Incline: Pittsburgh’s City Treasure

The Duquesne Incline: Pittsburgh’s City Treasure

The term “national treasure” is often bandied about when talking about monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. Is there such a thing as a city treasure, and if so, does Pittsburgh have one? The Duquesne Incline: a Pittsburgh Treasure Certainly, there are special buildings and places that are undeniably Pittsburgh, like the Block House, the Cathedral of Learning,

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The Birthplace of Mixed Martial Arts Matches

The Birthplace of Mixed Martial Arts Matches

Since ancient times, men have been debating and fighting over who is the toughest guy around. In 1979, that age-old question was posed by two Pittsburgh-area men, Frank Caliguri and Bill Viola. Both men were accomplished martial artists and began pondering: Who would win in a match between Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and Bruno Sammartino? That hypothetical question was the spark that launched CV Productions,

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Pittsburgh’s Black History Comes into Focus  

Pittsburgh's Black History Comes into Focus  

: Pittsburgh’s cemeteries are both interesting and educational. From the stately beauty of Allegheny Cemetery to the new Green Burial practices of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, there is something to interest everyone.

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Pittsburgh’s City Steps

Pittsburgh's City Steps

Pittsburgh is a city like no other for many reasons; one of which is our terrain. Our hilly–and in some cases mountainous–peaks as well as our numerous creeks, streams, and three rivers have shaped our landscape and our culture. Our geography has resulted in more bridges than Venice, Italy; inclines to shuttle people up and down hillsides; a system of color-coded beltways for navigating our sometimes

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Jewish Immigrants Have Found a Home in Pittsburgh

Jewish Immigrants Have Found a Home in Pittsburgh

An examination of the long history of the Jewish people reveals immigration to many lands across the globe. Over the millennia, whether by force or by necessity, that Diaspora has left the world with communities of Jews scattered all over the world. Pittsburgh is no exception as Jewish people have lived here since the 1800’s. The exact time when Jews began to come to Pittsburgh

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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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History of Riots in Pittsburgh

History of Riots in Pittsburgh

The dictionary defines a riot as a “violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.”  Riots start for different reasons. Pittsburgh’s first riot occurred in 1794.  Unfortunately, it was not the last riot to be seen in Southwest Pennsylvania. Whiskey Rebellion After the Revolutionary War, the newly formed United States government was deeply in debt in 1791.  At the urging of the Secretary of Treasury

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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Shakespeare wrote:  “All the world’s a stage.”  That may be so, but some make their entrance at precisely the right moment in history’s drama.  Such is the case with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.  Counted among the greatest golfers of all time, Palmer made his debut during the rise of the television age, making him a household name, setting off a boom in golf, and establishing

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Celebrating Our Irish Heritage

Celebrating Our Irish Heritage

Pittsburgh may be most associated with black and gold, but when it comes to the Irish in the area, they’d paint the city green.  Almost from its founding there have been Irish in Pittsburgh.  The first arrivals were the Scots-Irish in the 1700s, and then later in the 1800s the Irish Catholics began to arrive.  Near the middle of the 1800s, The Great Potato Famine

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