Terrence Hayes: "This is so overwhelming I can’t say what will come of it."
Terrence Hayes: "This is so overwhelming I can’t say what will come of it."

Pittsburgh poet Terrance Hayes named a MacArthur Fellow

The University of Pittsburgh professor, who also holds a master’s from Pitt, won a National Book Award in 2010. “I’m dumbfounded,” he said.

Local Dispatch: Volunteer gene boosts rewards of retirement

Retirement brings all kinds of fulfilling options, once you’re tired of watching TV.

 Coal wagon (1907): The Vesta Coal Company, a subsidiary of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, employed various types of rolling equipment in their mines. A coal car known as a “wagon” was used to haul raw coal from the mines to the coal breaker. These cars also transported rock from the tunnels below to the surface. Some company mine cars were equipped with side hand brakes. The brakes were always on one side of the car and were applied easily by depressing the brake handle. The Vesta No. 4 Mine, once the largest bituminous coal mine in the world, contained over 100 miles of track. Each trip of loaded cars arriving at the tipple contained approximately 500 tons of coal. Transportation of the cars was handled by an elaborate system of tracks within the mine. All trips throughout the mine were controlled by an automatic signal system similar in design to the contemporary railroads of that time. A dispatcher was present day and night to dispatch the empty and loaded trips into and out of the mine.

Natural gas, coal have defined Pittsburgh's history

Coal and natural gas have vied for the same ground for many years.

 Leon Ford, left, reacts Monday with his father, Leon Ford Sr., after being found not guilty on the charge of aggravated assault. The jury could not reach a verdict on the other charges against the East Liberty man.

Civil rights group pressures DA not to retry Leon Ford case

Groups weigh whether retrying Leon Ford on the remaining counts against him is worth it.



Traveling memorial to 23 Marines comes to Oakdale

Called “The Eyes of Freedom,” the traveling memorial is at Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

VFW marks 100th birthday at Pitt

More than 150 VFW members took part Tuesday in a wreath-laying at Pitt to mark the 100th birthday of the veterans’ group.


Transparency in government

The City-County Building on Grant Street.
Many public officials have pledged to make information about their administrations readily available to the public.

How are city, county and state governments doing on those commitments? This page helps track the answer.


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