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Pierogies: A Pittsburgh Passion

Pierogies: A Pittsburgh Passion

I remember the first time I tasted a Pierogi. It was 1967 and I was about seven years old. One Saturday afternoon I followed my neighbor and friend, Marilyn, into her kitchen on the way to her backyard to play. I came upon a scene I’d never encountered before. Massive pots of boiling water burbled on the stove, while her mom, who was dusted in

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Gulf Tower History

Gulf Tower History

The Gulf Tower was originally built as the headquarters for the Gulf Oil Company in 1932. It is located at 707 Grant Street downtown. The tower was built on the same location as the first oil refinery in the United States. Samuel M. Kier had built a refinery along Seventh Avenue that helped develop the petroleum industry. The tower was designed by Trowbridge & Livingston

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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 alone 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

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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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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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