Smiley Face Killers – Fact or Fiction?

Smiley Face Killers - Fact or Fiction?

One of the first questions a small child asks is: Why? Whether it’s a need to make sense of a sometimes chaotic world or whether it’s simply a need to satisfy our curiosity, there‘s something innate in humans that we need know to the reasoning behind events or circumstances. We need to know why. The Mysterious Death of Dakota James That same desire to know

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How to Start a Small Business in Pittsburgh

How to Start a Small Business in Pittsburgh

Home to the likes of Comcast, The Hershey Company, Crayola, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pennsylvania is a fertile ground for businesses big and small. In Pittsburgh in particular, the very city that had just been included in the ’25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018′ list, is becoming one of the most hospitable places for startups in the country. Small Biz Trends notes that this

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Christmas at Fort Pitt

Christmas at Fort Pitt

Pittsburgh’s First Christmas If those who first settled the city and lived at Fort Pitt in the 1750s got in a time machine and came forward to the future at Christmas, they’d be shocked at all the merriment and decorations. In 1758, Pittsburgh’s first Christmas was a particularly bleak one. Just one month earlier, the French had abandoned Fort Duquesne, burning it to the ground,

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Aldi Quarter Courtesy

Aldi Quarter Courtesy

It happened every day in parking lots all over Pittsburgh, unnoticed except for those involved in the exchange. It took place unbidden or without prompting, and it is what I liked to call the Aldi Quarter Courtesy. I don’t know if this is just a phenomenon in our area or if it happens in all Aldi’s parking lots, but if you don’t know what I’m

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The History of the Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail

The History of the Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail

One of the most interesting things about visiting Europe is seeing the fortress cities, towns enclosed inside walls. Pittsburgh doesn’t have that, but the closest we would come to it is the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail complex in downtown Pittsburgh. The buildings on Grant Street are now dwarfed by the skyscrapers that have risen around them. However, back in 1888 when they debuted with

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The Children’s Institute — A Long History of Helping Amazing Kids and Families

The Children’s Institute — A Long History of Helping Amazing Kids and Families

Since its founding in 1902, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has identified needs in our community and has taken action to address those needs. The organization’s incredible history starts with Emile Terrenoire, who was only three years old in 1902 when he lost both his legs in a train accident. After his release from Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, his widowed mother was unable to care for

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13 Spooky Halloween Treats

13 Spooky Halloween Treats

No matter if you are young or old, when Halloween rolls around, you still like a treat. Below are 13 ideas for Halloween goodies that are sure to make your Halloween spook-tacular. Banana Ghosts Not all treats have to be unhealthy. Peel bananas and cut the banana in half.  Press two mini chocolate chips into the pointy end of the banana to make a ghost.

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Mayors of Pittsburgh

Mayors of Pittsburgh

The records for leaders in Pittsburgh go back to the year 1794 with George Robinson as the first of eight Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh. George, it seems, had a run in with the law when he was arrested by General Irvine’s troops, under the direction of President George Washington, for rebel activity during the Whiskey Rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion happened in 1794 after passage of

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CCAC Adapts to Changing Times

CCAC Adapts to Changing Times

“Characteristically, community colleges have had the adaptability and flexibility to respond to their regions’ needs,” said Dr. Quinton B. Bullock, President, Community College of Allegheny County, who has been at the helm of CCAC since 2014. “We have embraced a partnership with business and industry to identify and develop programs to train our students for the future workforce. I have charged our Vice President of

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14 Activities to do With Kids This Summer

14 Activities to do With Kids This Summer

There are approximately 14 weeks of summer, give or take a few depending on the calendar, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and this summer is going to be like no other. Schools were dismissed in March, so kids have already been home for several months even before their summer vacation began. Moms and dads have been serving double duty not only as parents, but

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