A519 Chocolate turns into a sweet career

With dual degrees in neuroscience and psychology, Amanda Wright possesses both a knack for problem-solving and the patience of a saint. Two skills that served her well as a research assistant studying adolescent brain development at the University of Pittsburgh. Yet, ever since she was little, the soul of an artist burned inside. When she […]

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Pittsburgh sets record for world’s largest pierogi

Chefs at Rivers Casino on Wednesday put Pittsburgh in the record book by preparing and serving what Guinness World Records has verified to be the world’s largest pierogi. More than a year in the making, the giant dumpling weighed 123 pounds, far exceeding the 110 pounds, 3 ounces needed to establish the record. It was […]

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Pittsburgh Pierogies: “We love you, dumpling!”

Carl Funtal has spent most of his adult life as a tough guy, protecting the public as a sergeant with the Shaler Township Police Department. Truth be told, he’s really kind of a softie. Despite his commanding appearance — at 6 feet, 3 inches (6-4 in his motorcycle boots) and 275 pounds, he dwarves most […]

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This is Pittsburgh food: Tailgating – Sunday dinner, Pittsburgh style

  Lynn Cauley grew up in a household that bled black and gold during football season, so as an adult, there never was a question she wouldn’t carry on the Steelers tradition. “I came to all the games when I was a kid,” recalls Mrs. Cauley, of Park Place, whose sportswriter father, Carl Hughes, covered […]

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This is Pittsburgh food: On the cookie tables

This is the sixth “This Is Pittsburgh Food,” a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon. When Cristina Lazzaro started planning her wedding to Brian Perris, her checklist included all the bridal basics: A stunning gown. A swanky dinner reception for 250 guests. A relaxing […]

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Soldier’s Story: A year in Afghanistan changes Lt. Col Chris Cieslak, and her family

This is the last in a series on Lt. Col. Chris Cieslak’s deployment to Afghanistan:   A bunch of red, white and blue balloons danced at the front door when Lt. Col. Chris Cieslak came home earlier this month after a year in Afghanistan. But the rest of her homecoming didn’t exactly go as expected. […]

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Old hospital cabinets play integral role in revamped kitchen

      One-of-a-kind homes often have gathering spaces that turn heads. And indeed, until very recently, Kevin and Alana Kulesa did a double take every time they stepped into the kitchen of the house they bought in Ross 10 years ago. Actually, “winced” might be more like it. Remodeled on the cheap by a […]

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This is Pittsburgh Food: Wholey’s Fish

For most Pittsburghers, some things are as sure as the sun rising each morning. You root for the Steelers. You don’t, unless you absolutely have to, cross rivers. And you buy your seafood at Wholey’s in the Strip District. It’s impossible to think about fish in this city without also thinking about Robert Wholey Co., […]

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10 years of TLC bring condemned Manchester beauty back to life

Abandoned, boarded up and stripped clean of its original architectural details, the 150-year-old townhouse in Manchester wasn’t long for this Earth when David McAnallen decided to rescue it from the wrecking ball. The city had already condemned the once-gracious Second Empire property on Sheffield Street, built sometime in the 1860s, when the city of Allegheny […]

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A cut below: In the basement of Downtown’s Koppers Building, a convivial barber keeps customers coming back

Retired public relations executive Larry Werner has been sporting the same no-nonsense businessman’s haircut since at least the Kennedy administration, if not longer: short around the sides and neck, smoothly tapered on top. It’s so basic a cut that even a beginning cosmetology student could do it. But Mr. Werner trusts the 20-minute job to […]

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