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Finding a Forever Home: A Shelter Series Tale

Finding a Forever Home: A Shelter Series Tale

It was a dark and stormy night. A dog, lost, hungry and afraid, seeks refuge in an abandoned garage. He is eventually discovered and taken to a local pet shelter by a sympathetic police officer. And so begins the tale of Ducky, named by a shelter employee for his peculiar appearance, part Pit Bull, part Basset Hound, making him an “odd duck” indeed. The book

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Book Review: Best Seven Years of my Life

Book Review: Best Seven Years of my Life

When I began reading The Best Seven Years of My Life: The Story of an Unlikely Caregiver, co-written by George Shannon and his son Chad Patrick Shannon, it was with a sense of scepticism. It is the story of a couple from Sewickley, PA nearing retirement age whose lives are cruelly disrupted when the wife suffers several devastating strokes. Told from the viewpoint of Carol’s

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The Uncertain Fate of The Abrams House

The Uncertain Fate of The Abrams House

Tucked away off Woodland Drive near Chatham University, a wonderfully eclectic residence remains one of Pittsburgh’s crown jewels of unorthodox architecture. The Abrams House, as it is affectionately called, is the work of Pritzker Architecture Prize-Winner Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The house oozes of postmodern style and is a testament to the curated, quirky style of late owner Betty Abrams. And while this

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Harbison-Walker: The Pittsburgh Company that Helped to Construct the Steel Industry

Harbison-Walker: The Pittsburgh Company that Helped to Construct the Steel Industry

There is a saying: a rising tide lifts all boats. That certainly applies to Harbison-Walker International. Founded in Pittsburgh, Harbison-Walker’s refractories and its success enabled Andrew Carnegie to build his steel mills and establish Pittsburgh as the economic powerhouse known as Steel City. The company was founded in 1864 by J. K. Lemon and ten other Allegheny County residents. It was originally called the Star

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The Alcoa Buildings

The Alcoa Buildings

From the time that chemistry student Charles Martin Hall discovered the process for producing aluminum, the metal has had a huge impact on Pittsburgh. From establishing the city as Alcoa’s–The Aluminum Company of America–world headquarters to creating thousands of jobs and producing numerous materials from aluminum, there may be no grander testament to aluminum’s impact on our city than the Alcoa Building itself. Now known

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Pittsburgh Area is Home to Pennsylvania’s Largest House

Pittsburgh Area is Home to Pennsylvania’s Largest House

The Frick Mansion, Clayton; The Bayernhof; and Millionaire’s Row—Pittsburgh has seen its share of mansions, but it has never seen the likes of the 34-room Bell Acres mansion built by businessman Joseph Nocito Sr., the former CEO and President of Automated Health Systems Inc. The Pittsburgh-based company administered public health programs for state and local government, and Nocito was indicted in 2018 by a federal

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Digging Pittsburgh’s Tunnels

Digging Pittsburgh’s Tunnels

You don’t have to dig very far to come up with a tunnel in Pittsburgh. No one knows for sure how many tunnels there are in the area, but we’ve got short pedestrian tunnels, railroad tunnels, major traffic tunnels, and everything in between. Our bridges get a lot of attention, but our tunnels are just as important for getting around, as any tunnel shutdown and

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The Value of Viewership

The Value of Viewership

The Value of Viewership: Understanding Contracts with Pittsburgh and the Cable Provider with PCTV The intricacies of cable often go undetected by consumers who are on the receiving end of television services. However, it is important to understand how cable is provided to the city and through what means it is acquired. Luckily, the agreements between the city and various cable companies give insight into

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A Great Place to Live for Millennials!

A Great Place to Live for Millennials!

Pittsburgh has been ranked as the No. 3 Best Metro Area for Millennials in 2018 by RealtyHop, a national site for home sales and data. Topping the list was the Omaha/Council Bluffs area followed by the Des Moines area, and Pittsburgh nearly tied for second place. When choosing a place to live, people often follow the herd and move to coastal cities like New York

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Pittsburgh Among the Top in the Nation for Being Digitally Inclusive

Pittsburgh Among the Top in the Nation for Being Digitally Inclusive

The accolades continue to roll in for Pittsburgh. The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank, recently cited Pittsburgh as being among the top Eight Digitally Inclusive Tech Cities in the country. What does digitally inclusive mean? We all know that our workplaces have become more tech based and our work has become more digitalized. But you may not know that the representation of women

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