Monroeville Chorus starts season, needs members

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: With roots that date back to mid-1950s — when choir members from several Monroeville churches formed a chorus to sing secular music — the Monroeville Chorus is gearing up for its 2015 concert season. It is also looking for new members. “Last year, we went through a reorganization […]

Local Scene: The Love Letters’ new EP gets assist from New Pornographers bassist

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Pittsburgh power-pop band The Love Letters has assembled a new EP with a little help from a New Pornographer. The band, led by bassist/singer Mike Shanley (Bone of Contention, Mofones), recorded the four songs locally at Machine Age Studios and got Vancouver-based New Porn bassist John Collins […]

Chunklet releases Damon Che’s Thee Speaking Canaries demos

Damon Che did most of his damage behind the drums, playing for such Pittsburgh heavies as Half Life, The Heretics and seminal math-rock band Don Caballero. Around 1991, the same time as Don Cab, he took a bold step out front with Thee Speaking Canaries, a band he formed with Karl Hendricks on bass and […]

How a tape measure and scale can save your child’s life

January 29, 2015 5:00 AM Share with others: BPT) – Babies are measured and weighed frequently in the first few years of life so parents and pediatricians can be sure they are getting a healthy start. But as kids get older, many parents don’t know exactly how tall or heavy their children are. Knowing your […]

New 2016 MKX offers new engine choices, technologies

We previewed the MKX Concept in the Jan. 15 edition of Wheels, speculating at the new powerplants under the hood and new technologies that may be available. Now Lincoln’s made it official. At the North American International Auto Show, Lincoln showed off its new Lincoln MKX, a vehicle expected to hit Pittsburgh area showrooms this […]

Top 10 Winter Tires

January 29, 2015 5:00 AM Share with others: This list was compiled from tests by Automobile Protection Association, based on a 195/65R15 size driven on various compact-sized cars. The average price per tire is about $135. Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 Toyo Observe GSi 5 BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSI Continental […]

At Carnegie Mellon, FTC commissioner urges protecting public

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Julie Brill said she couldn’t help but notice Swarovski bracelets doubling as health monitors, outdoor grills that send text alerts when burgers reach the perfect medium and other everyday items wired to the […]

Business Workshop: New visa agreement improves travel between U.S. and China

January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: An agreement between the United States and China will extend the length of time that short-term business and tourist visas are valid, making it easier to travel between the U.S. and China. Previously, any U.S. citizen who traveled to China had to apply for a new visa […]

‘Give a Thread’ aiming for Guinness world record

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: The clock is ticking. A University of Pittsburgh group is trying to set a Guinness world record by collecting at least 150,000 articles of clothing to donate to those in need. The record of 146,411 pieces of clothing collected, set in September 2014, is held in the United Arab […]

Post Your Problems / Lawrence Walsh: Beware when ordering magazines from services

Consumer Reports magazine welcomes new and renewing subscribers, but it’s warning them about companies that aren’t authorized to offer subscriptions on behalf of the magazine. “Readers need to be on the alert,” the magazine said. “Some of those companies even inflate the price of the annual subscription.” In a “Readers Beware” notice in its December […]

The Food Column: Unboring cheese boards

Slow Food Pittsburgh is trying to make local cheese a “thing.” Through the group’s “Better Cheese for The Burgh” program, they offer stipends that allow local cheesemakers to study with experts in the United States and abroad. And now they’re planning a “Kickoff for the Year of Pennsylvania Cheese” – a tasting party featuring “un-boring […]

Voodoo opening pub in Homestead

Voodoo Brewery, one of the region’s most acclaimed breweries despite being a bit off the beaten track in Meadville, Crawford County, is opening an outlet closer to the big city at noon on Saturday. Voodoo Homestead — not a brewery or brewpub, but an unusual satellite pub selling just Voodoo brews — will open in […]

Munch goes to Heirloom

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Well, we might as well shut it down over here, folks. Call it a wrap and hit the lights. Arguably the “Munch-iest” meal in the history of this column has been discovered. Having already succumbed to the temptation of the “Bar-B-Cone” — a full barbecue meal of […]

Pittsburgh chef serves elk at Taste of the NFL fundraiser

For a guy who makes his home in sports-crazy Pittsburgh, Anthony Zallo readily admits he isn’t the biggest football fan. But that’s not to say the Bethel Park native isn’t an expert on the art of tailgating. No one feeds as many Steelers fans as the Bigelow Grille chef does each year on the day […]

Fresh citrus brightens winter meals

Maybe I’m just a grump, but even with that wintry wonderland outside our windows, it’s easy to feel kinda gloomy this time of year, don’t you think? The sky tends to be more gray than blue during long Pittsburgh winters. And after the fun and games of those first feathery snowstorms, the constant cold, slush […]

Collier set to open community center

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Collier is ready to open its new $5 million community center, offering recreation, fitness opportunities, program classrooms, a dance studio and banquet facilities on top of a hill that once was a military Nike site. Youth have been playing basketball and adults have been doing aerobics in […]

On the Table: Nak Won Garden offers classic Korean as well as challenging dishes

The city’s newest Korean restaurant, Nak Won Garden, opened in Friendship in mid-November. With a bigger menu than Golden Pig in Cecil and fewer dishes that border on sweet than Korea Garden in Oakland, Nak Won Garden shows promise, with classics like steamed mandoo to challenges such as beef blood stew. 5504 Centre Ave. Friendship […]

Crews treating slick roads; freezing rain advisory in effect for Pittsburgh area

January 29, 2015 1:33 PM Share with others: Crews are treating Pittsburgh-area roads as freezing rain and bursts of snow move through the region this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory through 4 p.m. today for southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh public works director Mike Gable said the city has about 60 trucks […]

Manchester woman arrested in Brighton Heights killing

January 29, 2015 10:44 AM Share with others: Related Media: Man fatally shot in Brighton Heights A Manchester woman was arraigned early this morning on charges that she killed a man during a shootout in which she and the man fired at a moving car. Pittsburgh police said Briquel Good, 29, ran into an ex […]

Highmark agrees to terms on UPMC Magee access for 2015

January 29, 2015 2:11 PM Share with others: Related Media: Patients struggle to sort out networks and affiliations in a post-UPMC-Highmark world Highmark, UPMC battle over Magee Female Highmark members who became pregnant in 2014 will be able to deliver their babies at UPMC’s Magee-Womens Hospital if they so choose, according to an agreement announced […]