Washington County crash causes chemical spill into Chartiers Creek

Authorities shut down part of Route 18 in Washington Township on Monday morning due to a hazmat situation. Officials said three tanker trucks were involved in a crash around 3 a.m., and one of the trucks loaded with fracking water overturned. Another truck leaked fracking water into Chartiers Creek and the third truck was […]

Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

HONOLULU — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is “lucky to be aliveâ€� and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane’s wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. “Doesn’t even remember the flight,â€� FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on […]

3 ejected after Pirates, Brewers brawl

Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole was in the center of everything Sunday, including a third-inning brawl. Cole allowed just one run over a career-high eight innings. The 23-year-old right-hander also played a role in a brawl that led to three ejections, including that of Brewers star Carlo Gomez. The Pirates’ collective frustrations were begging […]

After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

BOSTON — One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets on Monday. For the 118th edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon, security along the course will […]

Pitt football’s new strength, conditioning coach Kolodziej proves to be big asset in hurry

In the past few weeks, a constant theme emerged from any discussions with the Pitt football players about improvements over the winter and spring. Every player has gotten better, more focused, more driven in the offseason, but these Panthers also cited another common factor in their improvements. Nearly every […]

Gerry Dulac: Who wouldn’t like a 15-inch cup?

GREENSBORO, Ga. — Sergio Garcia said he got off to a slow start and still shot 30 for nine holes. Justin Rose was disappointed that he shot 33. With the pressure off after playing in the Masters, the two European Ryder Cup teammates really felt the pressure off when they were playing on […]

Duquesne’s Ovie Soko has sights set on future as a pro

Ovie Soko made good use of his first, last and only season at Duquesne. He led the Atlantic 10 Conference with 18.4 points per game and earned third team all-conference honors. And now Soko, 23, departs the Bluff for the Big Apple. He signed with Excel Sports Management recently and will […]

Pitt football’s new strength, conditioning coach Kolodziej proves to be big asset in hurry

In the past few weeks, a constant theme emerged from any discussions with the Pitt football players about improvements over the winter and spring. Every player has gotten better, more focused, more driven in the offseason, but these Panthers also cited another common factor in their improvements. Nearly every […]

Bob Smizik: Pirates need a new closer

The Pirates have lost nine of their past 12 games and, obviously, have problems. Front and center among those problems is not right field or first base. Front is center is Jason Grilli, one-time closer supreme. Grilli gave up a ninth-inning home run to Ryan Braun yesterday, which sent the Pirates […]

Even with the shift to Nationwide Arena, Penguins fans still could have an impact

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Penguins surrendered home-ice advantage in their first-round playoff series against Columbus when the Blue Jackets beat them Saturday night in Game 2. Technically, anyway. Sure, three of the five games remaining in this best-of-seven are scheduled for Nationwide Arena, beginning at 7:08 p.m. today with […]

Brian O’Neill: Building park over I-579 could cap rebirth of Hill

April 12, 2014 8:48 PM Share with others: Crosstown Boulevard, one of the shortest highways in the history of man, opened in the late 1980s. Nobody said, “How pretty.” We tend to build ugly when we build urban highways, and this one is about as scenic as a prison yard. […]

Brian O’Neill: Here’s one way of grading value of college

You might invest 200 grand in a college education but how much are you going to get back? Sure, that’s a crass question. Any liberal arts professor worth his or her office key should be able to give you 10 minutes on how a well-rounded education gives you the tools to […]

Brian O’Neill: We’re proud of potholes, as others had better see

News flash: Pothole complaints top 6,100 in the city this year. That’s a new record! Kudos to all the anonymous patriots who called Pittsburgh’s 311 Center to report potholes in just the first three months of our whipsaw weather year. We’re already 2,000 tire-busters ahead of 2013 — for that entire […]

Brian O’Neill: Basketball sans announcers sounds great

April 2, 2014 11:18 PM Share with others: Please don’t tell me technology is here to make our lives more pleasurable. I scream at gadgets far more often than I do humans. The volume is higher, too — by a factor of three, minimum. Hundreds of thousands of […]

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: If making a movie in Pittsburgh, try for accurate story

Russell Crowe is filming “Fathers & Daughters” here, in which he plays a famous and successful writer who wins a Pulitzer Prize, so we looked for him in the late-night hours hoping to get some tips on how to pretend to be a famous and successful writer who wins a Pulitzer Prize. […]

Obituary: Dr. Robert Pontius / Pioneering heart surgeon at Children’s Hospital

In the 1950s, surgery on children with congenital heart disorders was rarely done. Many surgeons, discouraged by the high failure rate, left the field. Not Robert Pontius, who persevered. A year after coming to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1957 to be a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Pontius performed […]

Khris Davis’ homer leads to Pirates’ 3-2 loss against the Brewers in 14th

Milwaukee outfielder Khris Davis’ decisive home run will not be the lasting image of the Pirates’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers in 14 innings Sunday at PNC Park. That image will likely be the mass of bodies in shallow left field, Carlos Gomez and Travis Snider entangled in the middle of […]

Maryland’s homes, gardens celebrate heritage

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Indoor plumbing was almost unheard of when Jefferson Patterson, a career diplomat, in 1932 commissioned his fabulous country retreat in rural St. Leonard, a tiny town nestled on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland. So were electric lights with buried power lines and luxuries such as elaborate cutting gardens […]

Maryland’s homes, gardens celebrate heritage

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Indoor plumbing was almost unheard of when Jefferson Patterson, a career diplomat, in 1932 commissioned his fabulous country retreat in rural St. Leonard, a tiny town nestled on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland. So were electric lights with buried power lines and luxuries such as elaborate cutting gardens […]

In Easter’s honor, 2 more eggy recipes

ANGEL FOOD CAKE WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE PG tested Playing around with another new eggy book, “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook,” I enjoyed finding and testing this keeper of a recipe. It was easy, even more so because I used egg whites from a carton from Trader Joe’s (and […]

TV Review: ‘Signed, Sealed’ delivers a sweet message

April 20, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: For viewers who complain they just don’t make TV series like they used to — pat, predictable, sweet, with a nice, uplifting ending — Hallmark Channel’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (8 tonight) will be a welcome Easter treat. Fans of smart, complicated, modern TV (“Mad […]

Family Film Guide: ‘Draft Day’

April 10, 2014 9:16 PM Share with others: Related Media: Costner moves from field to front office for ‘Draft Day’ ‘Draft Day’ Rated: PG-13. Suitable for: Teens and older. What you should know: Kevin Costner plays the general manager of the Cleveland Browns who […]

Family Film Guide: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

April 3, 2014 9:49 PM Share with others: Related Media: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is one of Marvel’s best The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Rated: PG-13. Suitable for: Tweens and up. What you […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … George Lange

Photographer George Lange grew up in Squirrel Hill, and his idyllic childhood helped inform his photography from the beginning. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he worked for photographers Annie Leibovitz and Duane Michals before going out on his own. His photographs have appeared in Esquire, Glamour, O and The New […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Whoopi Goldberg

She was born Caryn Johnson, but the world knows her as Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi was a nickname that came from her early days in theater. It started as Whoopi Cushion because backstage, well, sometimes she sounded like one. Her mother encouraged her to use the name and she did, adding Goldberg, a family […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Zachary Quinto

Actor Zachary Quinto nearly gave up his dreams of an acting career until fate and opportunity intervened to give him the role of Sylar, a serial killer on “Heroes.” The NBC science-fiction drama helped raise his profile as did playing Spock in the 2009 movie “Star Trek” and the 2013 sequel, “Star Trek […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Patricia Harrison

Since 2005, Patricia Harrison has been CEO and president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She faced critics who thought her politics would get in the way, having been assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs under Colin Powell and former […]

‘Savage Harvest,’ by Carl Hoffman

In “Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art,” the adventure-travel writer Carl Hoffman delivers the promised goods, and more. For beyond the exotic and violent story it tells, Mr. Hoffman’s book also offers insight on the limits of human commonality. In […]

‘In Paradise,’ by Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen died of leukemia April 5, three days before publication of his curiously unfulfilling final novel. A complex man whose 86 years encompassed espionage, writing, naturalism and meditation, Mr. Matthiessen focused on big themes such as ecology, spirituality and identity. Emphatically not a writer of “entertainments,” he is the only person to […]

‘The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa,’ by Dayo Olopade

Early this year, American photojournalist John Stanmeyer captured an image of African migrants near Djibouti City silhouetted by the moonlit waters of the Indian Ocean, with arms stretched to the heavens — cell phones in hand — in search of signal strength from nearby Somalia. It filled many of us with awe. […]

In ‘The Guts,’ band from ‘The Commitments’ returns for encore

“ ‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation,” Tony Soprano said. Only those who remember can understand the effect of a conversation laced with fond reflections of the past, usually half-references of people or events. The words fall flat, and the emotional effect is rarely comprehensible to an outsider. These conversations […]

Eat, pray, eat, love, solve a crime in ‘The Main Ingredient’

With a heavy heart, California food editor Wendy Whitby travels to her childhood home in Weewampum, Wis., to wait for her sick mother to die. Instead her mother recovers. But Wendy has other reasons for staying in her hometown. She also has been helping her two longtime best friends, Amber and Merribeth, with […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … George Lange

Photographer George Lange grew up in Squirrel Hill, and his idyllic childhood helped inform his photography from the beginning. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he worked for photographers Annie Leibovitz and Duane Michals before going out on his own. His photographs have appeared in Esquire, Glamour, O and The New […]