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Patrons Prepare To Say Farewell To The Iconic Beehive Coffeehouse

In the summer of 1991, Bob Ziller had just moved to Pittsburgh from New York. He wasn’t living “anywhere in particular,” he says. He found a home away from home at a business that was another newcomer to the South Side: The Beehive Coffeehouse & Dessertery , which had just opened at South 14 th and East Carson streets.

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Politics & Government

Pension, Gambling Laws Among Legislature Session Highlights

Nov 16, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's two-year legislative session is over, leaving behind new laws on topics such as sealing criminal records, state pensions, hazing and casino gambling.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is appealing a judge’s ruling that the company must follow the expired contract with union employees until a new one is agreed upon. 

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State Senators held their leadership elections this week, and both Republicans and Democrats chose to retain the same members for top positions.

Science, Health & Tech

NFL Awarding More Than $35 Million To Brain Injury Studies

Nov 15, 2018
Paul Sancya / AP

The NFL is awarding more than $35 million in funding to five organizations conducting research into diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries.

Identity & Justice

Lawyer: FBI Erred In Tying Man To Synagogue Massacre Suspect

Nov 16, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

A defense attorney says federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI.

Marc Levy / AP

Fourteen people who say they were sexually victimized as children by Roman Catholic priests decades ago are filing new lawsuits against the Pittsburgh Diocese.

Education

In PA Coal Country, Debate Flares Over Arming Teachers To Prevent School Shootings

Nov 16, 2018
Matt Smith / Keystone Crossroads

Nearly three hours into a special meeting about a policy that would ask some staff at the Tamaqua Area School District to carry guns, parent Liz Pinkey read aloud a letter from educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

They had written to the Pennsylvania State Senate last year, when lawmakers were debating a bill to allow personnel with concealed carry permits to be armed on school property.

Future Ready PA Index

The state Department of Education has launched a new online index that’ll aggregate statistics on public and charter schools for parents, teachers, and students.

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Ride The Dips And Cut A Rug At Danceland: Remembering West View Park

Along Route 19 in Pittsburgh’s West View borough, there’s a sign for a shopping center with a carousel horse fixed to the top. This is one of the only items marking the site of one of the city’s early amusement parks, West View Park.

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Development & Transportation

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The opening pages of Pittsburgh’s bid for Amazon describe the region as proactive and innovative, and tout it as a place of partnership with an enviable cost of living. “The world’s most customer-centric company deserves a customer-centric home,” it reads. “In Pittsburgh, you will be our neighbor, and we will treat you like one.”

Elaine Thompson / AP

Pittsburgh will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, nor its third. On Tuesday, the company announced its plans to split HQ2 between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

In the summer of 1991, Bob Ziller had just moved to Pittsburgh from New York. He wasn’t living “anywhere in particular,” he says. He found a home away from home at a business that was another newcomer to the South Side: The Beehive Coffeehouse & Dessertery, which had just opened at South 14th and East Carson streets.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Six and a half tiny homes with a tie to inventor Thomas Edison are the latest addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit. The model of Cement City, a historic district in Donora, Pa., represents an engineering experiment that challenged conventional homebuilding.

Environment & Energy

The Trump administration’s nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission faced tough questions from lawmakers Thursday. It was over whether the longtime energy lawyer could impartially serve at the agency after helping the administration craft its coal and nuclear power plant bailout plan.


Dozens Plead With Trump Administration To Keep Air Rules

Nov 16, 2018
David Zulabowski / Ap

Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further.

The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration's plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama administration in 2016. The rules require energy companies to step up the detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas facilities.

Economy & Business

Richard Drew / AP

 

Amazon officially dumped Pittsburgh as a potential home for its second (and third) headquarters this week, opting instead to split its $5 billion in promised investment between Virginia and New York. 

Local Headlines

Matt Rourke / AP

The first snowstorm of the season caused havoc around Pennsylvania, downing trees and power lines and causing a travel nightmare, including for some drivers who were stuck for 12 hours on a snowy interstate.

Department of Defense / AP

The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off Croatia during World War II are coming home and will be interred alongside those of his son, a Vietnam War veteran, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Food & Drink

Kraft Heinz Company / AP

Kids will soon be able to eat AND play with their food.

National & International

Chrissy Houlahan has done a lot with her industrial engineering degree over the last 30 years including serving in the Air Force, working in the aircraft manufacturing industry, being the COO of a sports apparel company and even teaching high school chemistry.

Houlahan says her science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM – background has allowed her to be fluid in her career by helping her tackle everyday problems through a unique lens.

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