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A poll released in late March by NBC News and Morning Consult contained a disturbing finding – 26% of those who are part of the Generation Z cohort, which includes those aged 25 and younger, have said they are not interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The reasoning? They believe thei…

While lawmakers in some states are working diligently to try to limit voters’ access to the polls, Kentucky has gone in the opposite direction. This week, the Bluegrass State’s General Assembly approved a measure that would, among other things, put three days of early voting in place, allow …

Pennsylvania has been known for its coal mines and, more recently, its natural gas output. If Gov. Tom Wolf has anything to say about it, it will also be known for clean energy. This week, the administration announced what it characterized as the largest government commitment to solar energy…

Pennsylvanians have some reasons to be suffering from vaccine envy right now. In Michigan, residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine starting April 5. Ohio residents aged 50 and older are already eligible, and Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohioans aged 40 and up m…

Of course, it’s not a happy development that the National Pike Wagon Train will not be making its annual journey this year from Grantsville, Md., into Fayette and Washington counties as part of the National Road Festival in May. While the festival has not been called off, it’s the second yea…

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The proposal to toll the bridge on I-79 near the Bridgeville exit has received a unanimous thumbs-down from area residents and elected officials, the latter of whom say it will cost jobs and slow investment in the area. The possibility of tolling that bridge, and eight others on interstate h…

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Aside from die-hard followers of former President Trump who continue to believe the fiction that the 2020 election was shot through with fraud, most of us want to move on and get on with solving the country’s problems. For that reason, the U.S. Supreme Court deserves a tip of the hat for dec…

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Bipartisanship may be extraordinarily tough to come by in Washington, D.C., but it’s not hard to find among rank-and-file Americans, particularly when it comes to the pending COVID-19 relief bill. When polled, both Democrats and Republicans agree that it needs to be big enough to meet the ch…

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By continually making unfounded claims about fraud after losing the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump inflicted grievous damage on our democracy. It’s also cost taxpayers a pretty penny. A report in The Washington Post found that it’s cost $519 million, split among federal, state and …

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican, is clearly not your typical member of Congress. An adherent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, she has also called for the execution of top Democrats, has called the media “bloodthirsty,” has suggested that school shootings have been sta…

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Pennsylvania has been known for its coal mines and, more recently, its natural gas output. If Gov. Tom Wolf has anything to say about it, it will also be known for clean energy. This week, the administration announced what it characterized as the largest government commitment to solar energy…

Pennsylvanians have some reasons to be suffering from vaccine envy right now. In Michigan, residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine starting April 5. Ohio residents aged 50 and older are already eligible, and Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohioans aged 40 and up m…

Of course, it’s not a happy development that the National Pike Wagon Train will not be making its annual journey this year from Grantsville, Md., into Fayette and Washington counties as part of the National Road Festival in May. While the festival has not been called off, it’s the second yea…

  • Updated

The proposal to toll the bridge on I-79 near the Bridgeville exit has received a unanimous thumbs-down from area residents and elected officials, the latter of whom say it will cost jobs and slow investment in the area. The possibility of tolling that bridge, and eight others on interstate h…

  • Updated

Aside from die-hard followers of former President Trump who continue to believe the fiction that the 2020 election was shot through with fraud, most of us want to move on and get on with solving the country’s problems. For that reason, the U.S. Supreme Court deserves a tip of the hat for dec…

  • Updated

Bipartisanship may be extraordinarily tough to come by in Washington, D.C., but it’s not hard to find among rank-and-file Americans, particularly when it comes to the pending COVID-19 relief bill. When polled, both Democrats and Republicans agree that it needs to be big enough to meet the ch…

  • Updated

By continually making unfounded claims about fraud after losing the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump inflicted grievous damage on our democracy. It’s also cost taxpayers a pretty penny. A report in The Washington Post found that it’s cost $519 million, split among federal, state and …

  • Updated

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican, is clearly not your typical member of Congress. An adherent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, she has also called for the execution of top Democrats, has called the media “bloodthirsty,” has suggested that school shootings have been sta…

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Many Americans are scrambling to receive a coronavirus vaccine, and, as of now, demand is far outstripping supply. With so many people in this country concerned that they won’t get a vaccine for weeks or months, who has the time or inclination to worry about how many people are being vaccina…

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Plenty of state and local health officials have stepped down from their jobs in the last 10 months after being on the receiving end of vitriol and threats arising from coronavirus restrictions, but Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has hung in there. In her case, the hostili…

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Many people in this region are more than eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but there’s plenty of confusion and concern about when and where they will be able to get it. Arguably, Pennsylvania should be getting more of the vaccine since it has one of the largest populations of people ove…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have come to rely more than ever on the United States Postal Service. But the postal service has, in recent weeks, become notably less reliable. Customers in this area and around the country have found that bills, packages, Christmas cards and medicati…

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Gov. Tom Wolf revealed Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home. “As this virus rages, my positive test is a reminder that no one is immune from COVID, that following all precautions as I have done is not a guarantee, but it is what we know to be vital to stopp…

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During these difficult times, we must all respect the feelings of our family members and friends. Over Thanksgiving, health officials urged celebrations that only included members within the household. Yet, stories have emerged of arguments within families whose members have chosen to abide …

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been among the elected officials urging constituents to stay at home, don masks and avoid large holiday gatherings. But the Democrat was shown to have been spectacularly hypocritical when he was photographed seated at a table in a San Francisco restaurant whe…

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The pandemic has been brutal for health care workers who have to treat sick patients, but it’s also been extraordinarily tough for doctors and nurses who are a step or two removed from the front lines. According to a story this week in The New York Times, about 8% of practices have closed in…

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There’s been little to cheer about in 2020, but Steeler Nation can feel very, very good about the performance of the Pittsburgh Steelers this fall. The team is undefeated so far, the only team that can make that claim across professional football. The Kansas City Chiefs, the team that won th…

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On Nov. 2, 1920, Americans elected Warren Harding to the White House in record numbers. But perhaps even more noteworthy than that day’s vote was the fact that, for the first time, some people could hear the results over the radio. On that night, Pittsburgh’s KDKA broadcast returns to the re…

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In the face of a pandemic that is worsening across the country – Pennsylvania reported its largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases this week – President Trump has insisted on holding campaign rallies that have large crowds bunched together, with many of those in attendance not wearing …

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Making the power we generate and the vehicles we drive more environmentally friendly isn’t just good for the air we breathe and the climate – it’s also good for jobs and the economy. There was no better illustration of this than the announcement Tuesday that General Motors Co. plans on inves…

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Business and political leaders in the Pittsburgh region are always trying to sell the area to outsiders, hoping that talented people born and raised elsewhere will be interested in moving here and staying for a while. Those efforts were certainly undercut by one shopper in an Aldi store in F…

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Anyone with a connection to the region’s nonprofit or cultural worlds will be familiar with Linda Dickerson. Afflicted with muscular dystrophy, she was an advocate for people with disabilities and served on the boards for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium a…

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