Grandparents’ college help could end up hurting

Grandparents want the best for their grandchildren, but sometimes their good intentions can wreak havoc with a student’s financial aid package. Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses — even when the distributions come from 529 savings plans, which are usually marketed as a tax-friendly way […]

Let’s learn from the past: Mary Lou Williams

February 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: As an American jazz hub during the 1930s, Pittsburgh propelled one musician to break jazz’s all-male barrier and become one of the most innovative artists of all time. Raised in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, Mary Lou Williams taught herself to play the piano at a young age […]

Beer: 10,080 bottles of beer on the wall

This past Monday morning, the Post-Gazette’s Darrell Sapp was on hand as volunteers volunteers poured out 10,080 bottles of Penn Brewery Oktoberfest beer at Wigle Whiskey in the Strip District. There it will be distilled and aged into a whiskey to be released in the fall of next year. Wigle is doing similar collaborations with other […]

It’s time to sign up for your CSA

February 25, 2015 11:19 AM Share with others: Small Farm Central, a local tech company that works with farms, has started National CSA Sign-Up Day on Feb. 28. Small Farm Central’s Simon Huntley says that the most popular day for people to sign up for community-supported-agriculture subscriptions, in which consumers buy shares and share in […]

Two food policy events scheduled

February 25, 2015 11:24 AM Share with others: Two related events in early March will address hunger, the sustainable-food movement and other food-security issues in the Pittsburgh area. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, locals are invited to a potluck at Hill House in the Hill District. There will be themed conversations, and […]

Nancy’s East End Diner reopens in Wilkinsburg

Markie Maraugha always has adored cooking and baking, but what she loves most about the food biz is customer service. The 22-year-old Ohio native says, “What makes me happy every day is helping people.” With her new venture in Wilkinsburg, she’s doing just that.  On Feb. 10, she and partner Greg Stocke reopened the former […]

Restaurant review: The Carlton remains a class act and competitor in a changing dining scene

There are few places in Pittsburgh where the man is larger than the restaurant. Such is the case at The Carlton Restaurant in Downtown’s BNY Mellon Center, where owner Kevin Joyce has stood watch for 20 years. As a board member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, Mr. Joyce has been a fierce advocate […]

Munch goes to Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant

February 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: If, perchance, you found yourself this weekend behind a white mini-sport ute with a Big Lebowski bumper sticker speeding, screeching and careening away from the intersection of Warrington and Arlington avenues, rest assured that the driver wasn’t the wheel man on a bank job or on the […]

Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers

Helga Stokes regularly tutors college-level students in English as a foreign language, evaluating their papers and suggesting revisions. Astrid Kersten supervises students who are doing master’s-level projects in management and human resources. It sounds routine. But for the students of the two-Pittsburgh area women — connected by computer from half a world away — it’s […]

Steelers great Bettis joins city, county in push to fund teen summer jobs program

Since he took office last year, Mayor Bill Peduto has been pushing to expand the city’s 30-year-old summer youth employment program to accommodate everyone who wants a job. In the past month, however, the mayor gained a formidable addition to his ground game when former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and his Bus Stops Here […]

Mailman convicted of embezzlement charged again with mail theft

February 25, 2015 3:54 PM Share with others: A U.S. postal employee caught embezzling thousands of dollars from the letter carriers union two years ago has been indicted again in U.S. District Court, this time on charges of stealing cash from the mail. Frank Rysz, 49, of Mount Pleasant in Westmoreland County, was charged yesterday with one count […]

Penguins trade Sill to Maple Leafs for Winnik, two draft choices

February 25, 2015 3:59 PM Share with others: Related Media: Gene Collier: Play in division no plus for Penguins Penguins notebook: Team hopes power surge continues Chris Kunitz hopes line change will boost productivity for Penguins The Penguins have acquired forward Daniel Winnik from Toronto for two draft choices and forward Zach Sill. The choices […]

Hopewell man indicted on child pornography charges

February 25, 2015 4:01 PM Share with others: A federal grand jury has indicted a Hopewell man on charges of taking sexually explicit photos of two young girls. Tyler Seevers, 24, is accused of coercing the minors into engaging in sexual activity in May and July, taking photos and storing them on his computer. He is also charged […]

The GOP is sinking to new scary levels

February 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: As a former Republican, I am saddened to see the levels to which the party has sunk. When it attacked Bill Clinton, it was nasty and wasted a lot of time and money. But I thought it was an aberration, until Barack Obama was elected. Now it’s […]

Obama wants to give amnesty to immigrants who have no respect for our laws

February 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: President Barack Obama is trying to justify his executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. Somehow the president can’t comprehend that these people entered our country illegally and have no respect for our laws. Everyone knows that he is doing this for future Democratic voters; he’s even […]